Cold Weather in Store for Boulder County During Last Week of 2018

December 26, 2018
James LeBlang, 7, plays with his new Christmas present while enjoying the weather at North Boulder Park on Wednesday. Boulder County's weather is due to turn chillier in the days ahead.

The year 2018 is apparently going to give Colorado the cold shoulder on the way out the door.

The last week of the year will bring frigid weather to Boulder County and the rest of the Front Range, with temperatures possibly dropping into the single digits by the weekend.

The National Weather Service calls for a high of 32 Thursday, but temperatures overnight could plummet down to 9.

“For the Boulder area, it is going to get pretty cold starting Friday and going into Saturday,” said Kari Bowen with the National Weather Service. “The lows will get into the single-digits, with highs in the teens and 20s. Substantially colder than the last few days.”

But due to the path of the storm system that is causing the drop in temperatures, the Boulder area likely won’t see much snow to go along with the cold temperatures.

“The mountains could see some accumulation later this week, but it is mainly the southwest that will see that accumulation of snow. On the plains it will stay pretty dry, so it will mainly just be those cold temperatures.”

The National Weather Service calls for only a 20 percent chance of snow on Thursday night and Friday morning, with little to no accumulation expected.

“A storm system moving to the south of Colorado and then intensifying out on the Great Plains will mostly miss the Front Range and the urban corridor,” local meteorologist Matt Kelsch wrote. “The best chance for accumulating snow... will be in the south suburbs of Denver and the Palmer Divide region, but even there the amounts will likely be less than 2 inches where it does snow. From Denver northward, 0 to 1 inch will likely be the range, with 0 most likely in Longmont, Fort Collins, and Greeley.”

Bowen said things will warm up a tiny bit on Sunday, with highs expected to be in the 40s. But temperatures are expected to drop again for New Year’s Day.

“By Monday we might be back in the teens again,” Bowen said. “Those colder temperatures are probably going to linger overnight with lows in the single digits for New Year’s Eve, so we could see highs in the 20s on Tuesday.”

As for travel plans, Kelsch wrote that people traveling east might want to keep an eye on conditions.

“The only area with significant winter weather is out on the high plains near the border with Kansas and Nebraska,” Kelsch wrote. “Around 6-10 inches of snow and blowing snow may make travel difficult late tonight and early Thursday for people traveling west toward the Front Range on I-70, I-76, and I-80.”

Mitchell Byars: 303-473-1329, byarsm@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/mitchellbyars

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